Top 7 Tips for Raising Animal Awareness on the 'Net
You made it to ASPCA Kids, so we know you're web-savvy and you’ve got compassion for animals. The question now is, how can you put these two things together to make the world a better place?
If you think you're just a kid and you can't do much to help, think again! Check out Mimi Ausland’s story. Whether you want to get the word out to help animals or brag about the trick your dog just learned, follow these tips and get started. You can do it!
P.S. You'll need to get permission from your parents/guardians before participating in any of these programs.
Use the Power of Facebook
Did you know that using Facebook can help animals? Think about it. You have friends. Your friends have friends. And they have friends, too. There is pretty good chance you can reach hundreds—even thousands—of people with just one status update. So if you’ve got a Facebook profile (or a Twitter), why not make it count?
Like the ASPCA on Facebook
This simple action will spread the ASPCA’s mission to your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on! Plus, you'll get all the latest updates on adoptable animals, animal news and top pet care tips.
Donate Your Status Update
Give your status update to an adoptable animal every week. Visit your local shelter’s website, find your favorite animal, and post a link to its profile!
Did you volunteer at your local shelter? Promote spaying and neutering? Boycott the circus? Like your favorite causes on Facebook, tell your friends—and ask them to do the same!
If you've written a song or have something important (or funny!) to say about animals, the Web is the perfect place to get your message out there. Ask your parents to help you make and post a YouTube video that will get the word out. Don't forget to share your video with everyone you know. It's a great way to show off your talents—and raise awareness for animals, too!
Donate Your Skillz
When it comes to online knowhow, older doesn't always mean wiser! Young people like you are very valuable to animal shelters where the adults may not be as familiar as you with social networking sites. You can help take photos and videos of the shelter animals, and upload them to their Facebook page! We bet you'd also be great at writing funny captions for the pics!
What?! Your local shelter doesn't HAVE a Facebook page? Then ask if you can help them create one!!
DoSomething.org is a cool website that empowers people under 25 to raise awareness for the causes they believe in. In your case, that's animals. Check out the animal welfare section, a combined effort of the ASPCA and DoSomething.org.!
Start Your Own Website
Don't see another site out there that speaks to the humane cause near and dear to your heart? Start your own! You can start your own blog and share your thoughts about animals daily!
If you want to start your own website but don't know where to begin—how about creating a page for your pet? What better way to honor animals than to start with the ones in your own home?